Saturday, May 4, 2019

The White Hat Team

Democrats cannot comprehend William Barr being lionized by conservatives. That’s okay, they will never understand why we love Donald Trump either.

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But Matthew Continetti, editor of the Washington Beacon, thinks he knows. It’s for the same reason we loved Dick Cheney: neither of them will take crap the way everyone else in town does.

Barr is the new Dick Cheney: a stocky, bespectacled, confrontational, blunt, intelligent, unapologetically conservative, experienced, and high-powered official who believes in and fights for the office of the president. Just as Democrats loathed Cheney as a bugaboo manipulating President George W. Bush to further the interests of Halliburton, they attack Barr as a dishonest factotum of President Trump's. The qualities that drove Democrats batty over Cheney—his inscrutability, his cleverness, his asperity, and above all his success—make them incensed about Barr…

What’s behind conservative support for Cheney and Barr is their lack of embarrassment. Most Washingtonians, no matter their party, find it important to be held in esteem by the city’s tastemakers, who are overwhelmingly liberal. Not these two.Washington Free Beacon

No indeed, they both speak with a clipped accuracy that surgically addresses the issue regardless of who it may offend. Such as when Mr. Barr described Mueller’s March 27th letter as “a bit snitty and I think it was probably written by one of his staff members.”  Or when he responded to Senator Blumenthal’s request “for notes Barr had taken of his phone conversation with Mueller” with a simple, no, “why should you have them?”

It’s because we can imagine these two, both generally genteel, not hesitating for a minute to tell these clowns to go $#*# themselves when appropriate. In fact, we know for a fact that Dick Cheney would because he did.

And most of us can’t wait till the day that AG Barr gets to do the same thing, either literally or figuratively. Welcome to the White Hat Team, Mr. Barr. You’ll find your fans to be loyal and true just as long as you are.

Leader of the White Hat Team – my kind of white privilege

Friday, May 3, 2019

“I'm Givin' Her All She's Got, Captain! But She’s Coming UnDun”

Uh oh. There’s been a small tear in the  space time continuum constructed by the official builders of the Russian Collusion Wall of Lies and Fabrications:

F.B.I. Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016 – The New York Times May 2, 2019

I hereby dedicate today’s musical interlude to the completion of that rending.

She’s Come Undone - Randy Bachman

She's come undone
She didn't know what she was headed for
And when I found what she was headed for
It was too late

She's come undone
She found a mountain that was far too high
And when she found out she couldn't fly
It was too late

It's too late
She's gone too far
She's lost the sun
She's come undone

She wanted truth
But all she got was lies
Came the time to realize
And it was too late

She's come undone
She didn't know what she was headed for
And when I found what she was headed for
Mama, it was too late

It's too late
She's gone too far
She's lost the sun
She's come undone

Too many mountains, and not enough stairs to climb
Too many churches and not enough truth
Too many people and not enough eyes to see
Too many lives to lead and not enough time

It's too late
She's gone too far
She's lost the sun
She's come undone

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“Being in a minority, even in a minority of one, did not make you mad. There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad.”
― George Orwell, 1984

ETA:  Molly Hemmingway’s article about the NYT “story” is a much better read: New York Times Admits Obama Admin Deployed Multiple Spies Against Trump Campaign In 2016

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Injustice of It All

I don’t know about you but I’m glad Attorney General Barr has refused to testify at the House Judiciary Committee today. And frankly I don’t care what his reason is.

I’m sick to death of Congress serving as a Vegas-style venue for Democrats tortured performances of aggrieved victims. As we all know that role belongs exclusively to Lady Hillary.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Rachel Maddow about the successful Russian interference in the 2016 election and the dangers of Republicans putting partisanship ahead of national security just because their candidate was the beneficiary of that interference.

So I’m taking the day off to reflect on the injustice of it all.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Beware of Aliens Walking Unobserved Among Us

Dr Young-hae Chi, an Oxford professor, believes that illegal aliens – of the intergalactic variety not the slightly less exotic variety currently drifting across our southern border at will - are breeding with humans. Because of climate change. Wow, Is there anything that climate change isn’t responsible for?

In 2012, Dr Chi gave a lecture at the the Ammach Conference, titled ‘Alien Abduction and the Environmental Crisis’ in which he outlined his theory concerning the presence of aliens on earth.

In his fifty-five minute presentation he cited Dr David Jacobs, an ‘abduction researcher’ in the US, who argued that aliens’ primary purpose is to colonise the earth, by interbreeding with humans to produce a new hybrid species. Second generation ‘hybrids’ are, according to Jacobs, walking unobserved among us.

Well, not entirely “unobserved”

He pointed out that the timing of aliens’ appearance coincides with the earth facing major problems, climate change and nuclear weapons in particular.

He concludes that “it may be more or less assumed that the hybrid project is a response to this impending demise of human civilisation”. – The Oxford Student

No wonder Democratic Socialists are embracing plans to eliminate global warming. I will say, it goes a long way towards explaining otherwise inexplicable “human” behavior. I suspect Beto Boy, along with AOC and others, of being some of those second generation “hybrids” no longer satisfied with being “unobserved:” Beto's $5 trillion climate plan aims for net-zero emissions by 2050

Beto O'Rourke at YosemiteBeto demonstrating his commitment to the planet against a backdrop of one of our great National Parks: why, it could almost be a real photo!

As such he’ll be arm wrestling AOC for the poster boy/girl spot for both Global Warming and Democratic Socialism. Right now Sandy’s $93 trillion New Green Deal makes Beto Boy look like a piker by comparison, as he’s only willing to put $5 trillion of other peoples’ money on the table.

More cynical people think they’re focusing on ‘Climate Change’ simply because a recent CNN poll found that 82 percent of registered voters who identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents listed climate change as a "very important" top priority. I don’t think it’s quite that simple. I think their commitment has less to do with the poll and more to do with second generation ‘hybrids’ walking unobserved among us.

Be on the lookout for unobserved human hybrid aliens: they lurk in slime, they take all your money and suck all the oxygen out of the room. They should be considered unarmed but very dangerous.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Feeding Time At the Political Zoo

This simply begs for a caption contest. Here’s my offering:

View image on Twitter“Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo”

Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo 

I do believe it
I do believe it's true

It's a light and tumble journey
From the East Side to the park
Just a fine and fancy ramble
To the zoo 

But you can take the crosstown bus
If it's raining or it's cold
And the animals will love it if you do
If you do, now

Somethin' tells me it's all happening at the zoo 

I do believe it
I do believe it's true 

The monkeys stand for honesty
Giraffes are insincere
And the elephants are kindly but they're dumb
Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages
And the zookeeper is very fond of rum

Zebras are reactionaries
Antelopes are missionaries
Pigeons plot in secrecy
And hamsters turn on frequently
What a gas, you gotta come and see
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo
At the zoo

Seriously, other than PDJT can anyone make a case why every other politician shouldn’t be either in or behind bars? We’d all be a lot safer.

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Second runner up in the caption contest so far, from Larry the Cable Guy: “"Put Some Hot Sauce on That Sumabitch”

Your turn…

Monday, April 29, 2019

Take Back the Streets One Ice Cream Cone at a Time

Remember Cher’s  complaint about LA not being able to deal with ‘their own homeless’ let alone the invading hordes that President Trump has threatened to deliver to their doorstep?

Well, she’s not alone: Wealthy Elitists Freak Out As Hordes Of Homeless People Take Over Their Neighborhoods All Over The West Coast.

Of course many among the elite are all in favor of doing something for the homeless, as long as they don’t have to be anywhere around them.

For example, let’s talk about what is going on in Los Angeles. No city on the west coast has a bigger problem with homelessness than L.A. does, and many in the homeless population enjoy camping out on the beautiful beaches in the L.A. area at night.

Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten says that the beach in front of his home is almost unusable because of all the needles and human poop in the sand

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Michael Munsterman from Oklahoma has been homeless in Venice, California, for six years. – It’s a nice place to be homeless.

San Francisco is not faring any better.

Up the coast in San Fransisco, some wealthy residents are fighting tooth and nail to keep a proposed homeless shelter out of their wealthy neighborhood. The following comes from CBS News

Image result for san francisco poop needles and homelessWhat? Who wouldn’t want this in their neighborhood?

Some San Francisco residents are turning to crowdfunding to raise money to fight a proposed homeless shelter in their wealthy neighborhood. As of Monday morning, the effort had raised over $80,000 of its $100,000 goal.

Calling itself “Safe Embarcadero for All,” the organizer is appealing to residents of South Beach, Rincon Hill, Bayside Village, East Cut and Mission Bay, saying the money will be directed to a legal fund to pay for efforts to fight the homeless shelter. San Francisco Mayor London Breed has sponsored legislation to fast-track the building of the Navigation Center, which would house 200 homeless people a stone’s throw from Google’s San Francisco offices and Gap’s headquarters.

They are coming slowly to the realization that there might just be a correlation between public policies and undesirable social outcomes:

We have made an uncomfortable observation on social media: Thousands of needles are scattered on city streets, most likely came the Department of Public Health’s needle exchange program.

San Francisco Board of Supervisors expects to approve a seven-year extension of the exchange program, could cost taxpayers a whopping $26 million.

Meanwhile, even further up the coast where the weather isn’t quite as pleasant:

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Up in Seattle, neighborhood after neighborhood has been taken over by homeless encampments, and many residents are saying enough is enough

In the past two weeks, Seattle Is Dying has garnered 38,000 shares on Facebook and nearly 2 million views on YouTube. The report has clearly resonated with anxious, fearful, and increasingly angry Seattle residents. Exhausted by a decade of rising disorder and property crime—now two-and-a-half times higher than Los Angeles’s and four times higher than New York City’s—Seattle voters may have reached the point of “compassion fatigue.” According to the Seattle Times, 53 percent of Seattle voters now support a “zero-tolerance policy” on homeless encampments; 62 percent believe that the problem is getting worse because the city “wastes money by being inefficient” and “is not accountable for how the money is spent,” and that “too many resources are spent on the wrong approaches to the problem.” The city council insists that new tax revenues are necessary, including a head tax on large employers, but only 7 percent of Seattle voters think that the city is “not spending enough to really solve the problem.” For a famously progressive city, this is a remarkable shift in public opinion.

Well damn! Maybe progressives really can do learning. If so they better start cracking the books because they have a lot of catch-up to do. And a lot of human history to overcome. But it can be done. You just need to find the right kind of leader. I wonder if Clint Eastwood is still available?

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May 08, 1986: “The city’s refusal to grant a permit for an ice cream stand last year, deciding that it would consume too much water in time of drought, focused worldwide attention on the tiny tourist town.

Eastwood campaigned in part on a platform that promised to do away with the old city hierarchy’s “kill-joy mentality” in such matters. He said he fondly remembers eating ice cream on Carmel street corners as a youth and would support the licensing of new ice cream stands in the city.

“I hope to never read about the ice cream cones again,” the actor-turned-mayor said with a good-natured smile after the vote.”Clint Eastwood in the LA Times

If someone like Clint can put ice cream on the streets of Carmel maybe somebody can figure out how to take needles and the homeless off them.

As a wise man once said: “It’s blasphemy to call your city Carmel and ban ice cream sundaes.”

Sunday, April 28, 2019

A Math-a-Magical Con Game

Over a hundred years ago Einstein presented his theory of relativity which paved the way for his theory of black holes.

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It remained just that, a theory, for a century until it was “proved” more or less by a photo last month.

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And yet, get a gaggle of second rate “climatologists” together to come up with the theory that the earth is melting because we heat our homes in order to prevent freezing to death during the cold season and “97% of (published climate) scientists” immediately subscribe to the goofy theory of “man-caused” global warming. And call you a science denier if you dare question them. I should note here that even Einstein doubted his own theory of black holes - but then, he was a real scientist.

Anyway, one whacky hockey puck graph and the next thing you know you’ve got these expensive eyesores sprouting like dandelions in springtime.

Iowa Giant Standing Tall In the Rain – somewhere along I-80 yesterday

Those who’ve been around awhile know that I complain about this at least once a year. That’s because it gets worse every year I travel I-80. Every. Single. Year. More of these inefficient monstrosities defiling the landscape in the flyover states, posing as viable alternatives to coal/gas fired electric generation plants.

Oh, they’ll tell you that wind is cheaper  - free even. Remember, they also told us nuclear power would be, and I quote, “so cheap you can’t afford to meter it.” That of course was true only until federal regulators got a hold of it. But wind turbines and solar - they’re a pure con. Here’s how it plays:

Utilities in several states are attempting to run a con game on their respective states’ utility commissions and ratepayers. How? By claiming that their plans for prematurely shuttering existing, reliable, relatively inexpensive coal power plants and replacing them with expensive, intermittent renewable power sources will save ratepayers money “in the long run.” Meanwhile, they ask for an immediate increase in electric rates to pay for the transition.

The truth is, the “long run” never comes. Any 10-year-old child can tell you someone isn’t saving you money if he or she charges you more for something you already get for less.

So simple even Calvin and Hobbes can do it.

From Indiana to Iowa and beyond, electric utilities with existing coal plants are planning to replace them with wind power and, increasingly, solar power, the most expensive form of energy, excluding battery power.

Oh sure, they’ll produce reports showing how it works. All of the results will be accomplished through the judicious use of math-a-magicals. But never try to kid a kidder. I worked for an energy company and one of my departments ran financial models; tell me your desired outcome and I’ll create a model that demonstrates its viability. And you wonder why I’m cynical.

Climate studies are the same way. You want anthropogenic global warming? Bam! You’ve got it. Cooling? Bam! So don’t be a science-denier, get into the Math-a-magical con game today. Everybody’s a winner!

Those are some pretty mountains you’ve got there Wyoming, be a shame to wreck them with a bunch of metal monsters tilting at the wind